Day 10 - Consider The Perspective
This family was smack dab right under the Disney sign, while the photographer took a jaunt all the way over to the other side of the street. What do you think happened to the people in the image? Exactly! They looked really small, so small in fact that you could not make out who the people were in the picture. You may have images from family vacations just like this. I tell this story, because it really made that much of a difference to me and it is a story that I tell all the time because it can have a big impact on what we need to do to make our subject(s) the important part of the picture. By the way, if you have a picture as I have described and would let me use it in my lesson plans, I would love you forever! Contact me here.
What exactly is perspective anyway?
So with today’s lesson I want you to consider the perspective when shooting your next family get together. Let’s take a child’s Birthday party as our example. Let’s say all the children are gathered around a table, anticipating the deliciousness of that chocolate cake. They can’t wait to indulge but first we need to sing “Happy Birthday.” You can just see all the kids leaning in to get their best view and waiting for a piece of that cake. I want you to consider a couple of different perspectives.
Consider these perspectives
2. Get up high - Consider the perspective of standing on a chair looking down at the children. What is it that you could be capturing? Again, take the shot(s) and take one more to be sure you caught the emotion of your subject.
3. Moving in closer - This will give you the perspective of what is really happening, the excitement, the surprise,
4. Back up a few feet - This is good for getting more people in the frame. Be sure to tell a story here and capture as much emotion from your subject as you can.
5. Move around your subjects - From different angles you are sure to capture scenes you wouldn't have noticed.
Such as: A different background, depth of field, an object, the side of a barn, textures, light bouncing off of an object, etc. This allows for you to change the entire composition to something unexpected without repositioning your subject(s).
Tip: Shoot close–up, mid range, wide shots and then pick your favorites.
Today's Takeaway's and To Do's:
Get your camera and take a few pictures of something fun, it can be anything, a child playing, people playing a game, etc.. The object of this exercise is to change your perspective. Do not worry if your pictures are not perfect, just get moving around to get different perspectives of this fun event. Great job today!
See you tomorrow!